There are lots of different reasons I pick up books, and I don’t think I realised how much influences me until I tried to write this up! There are some obvious ones here and some that I didn’t realise until I had a good think about it. In short, there are lots of things that make me pick up a book and here are some of them!
1. Political Fantasy
I cannot resist a good fantasy filled with politics and intrigue! Whenever I hear of a new one coming out I just have to pick it up. This is pretty much an auto-buy genre for me (and it gets expensive! RIP my bank account).
2. Crowd Hype
Honestly I get such bad FOMO! When the whole bookish community is talking about a book I always feel like I need to catch up and find out what everyone is talking about. Examples of this are definitely Cassie Clare, Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardguo’s books.
3. Recommendations from Trusted People
This can be friends, bookstagrammers, booktubers. If I see someone who’s opinion I trust, or who has a similar taste to me raving about a book then I definitely want to pick that book up! It’s always helpful to have someone endorse something before you buy so it feels a bit more like you’re picking up something you’re sure to enjoy!
4. Good Representation
When I hear of a book that includes good queer rep, disability rep, race rep, I instantly want to support that book and pick it up. There’s something about a group of characters that are totally different and come from varied backgrounds that just makes a story so much better. We see the same ‘strong’ female characters and angst m/f relationships all the time so having great diversity can often give a story that kick that makes it so interesting.
5. Beautiful Cover
I know we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I 100% disagree with that. The cover is the part of the book that is supposed to visually convey the vibe and content of a book. There should nothing better to draw you in and spark your interest! I cannot resist a great cover and I will always want to add beautiful books to my collection.
6. Unique Concept Fantasy
When you read a lot of YA Fantasy, sometimes all new releases start to blend into each other and sound very samey. When a book comes along that promises something new and exciting I always want to pick it up and try it. This is what made me pick up Every Heart a Doorway when I learnt of it, I am currently absolutely loving that series.
7. An Author I Want to Support
This can either be because I’ve read their books before and adore them, so I want to support them going forward, or it can be because their social media interaction has been so strong that I’m really rooting for them and their new release. This was definitely the case with Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray which is being released in a couple of weeks. I found out about her book through Twitter and I have followed her process as she’s been editing and going through the publishing process so I’m really rooting for it! I read it at the first chance and will be supporting it through release. If you want to check out my review you can do so here.
8. Tropes I Love
There are certain tropes that I just love to see in books so when I hear that a book contains them, I desperately want to read it! Some favourites are definitely hate-to-love or enemies-to-lovers and any sort of magical school.
9. Preorder Marketing Campaigns
When a publisher does a really great job of drumming up interest on a book before the release that definitely makes me excited to pick it up. Sometimes this is sending me an ARC, but not always! I buy a lot of new releases myself when I keep seeing it everywhere – for example, Bloomsbury placed lots of facebook ads for Priory of the Orange Tree and there was also a signed poster preorder incentive, so I just had to have it!
10. Comparisons to Similar Books
When you get those ‘If you liked this, then you love this’ kind of blurbs and recommendations, I can’t resist. If something is compared to one of my favourites then I want to read it a. because it means its probably something I like and b. to see if it can actually stand up and be compared to my favourite!
What are the things that instantly make you pick up a book?